In This Week's Redding Pilot

Here are just some of the news stories and features in this week’s Redding Pilot in the mail today and at newsstands.

• Singers, servings of hot chocolate and much more will be part of the town’s tree lighting Saturday afternoon.

• The finance board mulls future options as loans mount for the delayed Georgetown redevelopment project.

• Redding’s state legislators have received good marks on an environmental scorecard.

• Noted Redding sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington’s “Torch Bearers” statue heads to auction as part of the Discovery Museum’s effort to pay for a space project.

• After months of planning, the gala Friday night that kicks off the big art show at Mark Twain Library will usher in a week of activities.

• Piano player and singer David Morgan will perform Saturday night in the Lyrics Coffeehouse series at the community center.

A few months after the Redding Boy Scouts’ community service project was completed at town hall, a big, unexpected benefit has unfolded.

Region 9 school board goes out to bid for health insurance, a frequent budget driver.

• Solarize Redding-Easton-Trumbull has generated more than 400 inquiries. A solar installation open house is set for Saturday in Easton for others who may be interested.

• Reddingites can now tune in to watch taped videos of finance board and selectmen’s meetings and other fare at Redding79.org.

• For children, there’s a holiday puppet show at Mark Twain Library on Sunday afternoon.

•  Sunday will bring the annual benefit pancake breakfast at the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department.

• The Redding Historical Society’s last open house of the year at Lonetown Farm Museum, decorated for the holidays, is Sunday afternoon.

• Young Redding dancers Lily Blanton, Elyse Cowles and Shannon Frierson are all performing in nearby productions of The Nutcracker this weekend.

* Three young Redding musicians (Declan Cummiskey on violin, and Michelle Curtis and Jamie Curtis, both on viola) will perform at Carnegie Hall Thursday.

• Winter story time registration is underway at the Twain Library.

• Redding Elementary School’s kindergarten registration is coming up on Tuesday.

The Mikey’s Way Bowl scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, at Nutmeg Bowl is postponed and will be rescheduled sometime in the new year

• Fifth grade students at John Read created moon rovers out of Legos at part of their science, technology, engineering and math studies. Check some of them out in full color.

• This week’s Pilot editorial: Let’s talk about sexts. A Redding residents commentary: “Picture not as rosy as the hype here.” Rep. John Shaban’s column: “Connecticut is ranked worst in credit quality.” In letters, the superintendent of schools reviews the past year’s school security improvements; a recap of the Great Turkey Escape race and run; a thank-you from the Barlow Scholarship Fund president and board; and a plea for all to make our roads safer.

• Redding police invite residents and businesses to support the Shop with a Cop effort that helps brighten the holiday season for less fortunate children.

• In the Police Log: three mailboxes were vandalized, one set on fire, and a warning for speeding, among other incidents.

• In Sports: Barlow’s football team has reached the semifinals; Barlow’s girls basketball squad looks to be a fast one; a Redding travel team of 10-year-olds has won the Fall Indoor Baseball Classic tournament.; more than 700 participants took part in the Great Turkey Escape runs.

• In Arts & Leisure:

The Mark Twain Library’s art show opens on Saturday and runs through next weekend in Redding.

Pulling together a fresh production of the Nutcracker every season means many hours of planning and rehearsals. Girls who grow up dancing in it each year all hope to win the Sugar Plum Fairy role.

The Wilton Dance Studio performances are this weekend. It’s “Panto” season and the Town Players of New Canaan are ready with ‘Trouble in Pantoland’ opening Friday.

The Reel Dad gives ‘Nebraska’ with Bruce Dern his highest rating. The weekend is packed with all sorts of holiday fairs and shows and festivals, including holiday strolls in several towns. See Bill of Fairs.

The 2014 Dodge Charger SE is the return of a muscle car that handles well and can get some pretty good gas mileage, says test driver Steven Macoy.

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